Everton fans have hit back after Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren claimed that he deserves an apology from Ross Barkley for Saturday’s poor tackle.
Merseyside derbies are traditionally heated affairs, and the the weekend clash at Anfield was no different as the Reds went on to claim a 3-1 triumph over their local rivals.
A number of crunching tackles were made, but one from Barkley should have resulted in a red card.
The England midfielder got away with a booking when he lunged into Lovren’s shin with studs up.
The Liverpool centre-back did not suffer any lasting damage, but he has indicated that he did not walk away from Anfield unscathed as a result of Barkley’s challenge.
After the game, Lovren claimed that Barkley should have apologised for the challenge, but he is yet to receive one.
The Daily Mail quotes the Croatian as saying:
“That is the only thing I do not like. If I show you [my leg], you will be like… (grimaces). If you make a hard challenge then be open about it and say sorry or something. Don’t talk to the referee and say it was not a foul. I think everyone saw it, especially me, but now it is over.”
Everton fans have now had their say, with many highlighting dangerous tackles made by Liverpool players in Merseyside derbies gone by.
One in particular that supporters referred to was a two-footed challenge from Steven Gerrard on Gary Naysmith.
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@MailSport LFC get more effeminate by the minute. I hate the way that club think they're the perfect examples of sportsmanship. They're not as we know
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— Jack Ruddin (@JackRuddin) April 3, 2017
@MailSport Refused? Like a forced apology actually means something? Don't think Kuyt apologised to Neville either, or Suarez to Distin? Pointless news.
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